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Health & Wellbeing

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”
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For so many years the focus in both training and treatment has been on managing the problems that exist rather than preventing their occurrence.

This has very much changed since my initial training.

The science of happiness and well-being complemented by the neurosciences is one of the most interesting areas of mental health for me. We now know that there are habits and behaviours that can build resilience and be protective of mental health and wellbeing.

Wellbeing and mental health is viewed more from a perspective of balance, thrown out of balance when overwhelmed or stressed.

Just as exercise and diet are vital to a healthy body, social connectedness, finding meaning and purpose in what you do is important to mental health and well being.

Talking to your children when Trauma strikes.

Trauma is what for the system cannot take in When something traumatic happens there are rings of effect to those who are immediately impacted by the event; those who are friends and loved ones; those who are psychologically close and  identify with the people involved In
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Most modern of Fairy Tales

The Magic Fairy heard her shout Appearing in a blaze of light She said, my dear are you alright “All right” cried Cindy can't you see I feel as rotten as can be                                           Roald Dahl, 
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Sober Chaperones

Since the #metoo movement,behaviours in the workplace have come under intense scrutiny and  now with the Christmas period upon us some companies have taken the pre-emptive step of issuing guidelines to staff ahead of time to avoid the pitfalls and the scandals that can ensue 
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The research is so strong and unambiguous on the positive effects of  grateful thinking that many clinicians, like myself have applied it directly to their work, by asking clients to make a written note of three things that they have been appreciative of that day and to give
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The Job of Life – 70’s 80′

The reality is older people are getting smarter richer and healthier every day Ageing is no longer about sitting in a rocking chair Older people skydive, travel, cycle and get tattoos, have a love life, even new partners So don't consign yourself, if you are over 70, or anyone
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Real men do cry!

“He's crying on the TV about his family situation” In May this year, football striker- Jonathan Walters gave an emotional interview on the Late Late Show I sat on my couch and listened to him speak of how he felt when his mother died and he was a young boy aged eleven He
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Aim for Well Being and Happiness

If you don't know where you are going you will likely end up somewhere else Do you look around you and feel others seem to have their life together in a way that you don't Do you wonder how others are contented and you aren't Do you wonder where they get all the energy
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Grief and Loss

Loss and Grief a part of all our lives Grief comes in to all our lives at some point Perhaps we instinctively think of grief as linked to death but in truth it is more correctly linked to loss Loss is something we can experience in many ways It may be loss connected to a
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Learn to be willfully Positive! Make it a habit

Learn to be willfully Positive! Make it a habit! Positive psychology is producing a growing scientific basis for understanding positive emotion, engagement and meaning These states are valuable in their own right because they fight depression, engender more life satisfaction
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